Single-family house – part of the Living and Work Space (Wohnung und Werkraum Ausstellung, WuWA) exhibition (house no. 37), Wrocław
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Single-family house – part of the Living and Work Space (Wohnung und Werkraum Ausstellung, WuWA) exhibition (house no. 37)

Wrocław

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The building represents a highly innovative design for a single-family house. It is a fine example of the modernist architecture of Wrocław. The house was built as an element of the model, experimental housing estate accompanying the WuWA exhibition, which is an excellent example of the implementation of modern trends in European urban planning and architecture of the 1920s .

History

The building was erected in 1929 and has undergone comprehensive restoration in 2009. The design for the building was created by Ludwig Moshamer, who also collaborated with H.E. Fritsche on the interior design; the design for the garden, on the other hand, is the work of Julius Schütze.

Description

The building forms part of the southern frontage of the Zielonego Dębu street.

It was envisaged as a comfortable, single-family home originally intended for the family of a high-ranking official or representative of one of the liberal professions, its total surface being 149 square metres.

The outer walls of the building were made of brick, with cinder boards used for the inner partition walls. The flat ceilings are made of cinder blocks. The building features a flat roof with “Ruberoid” cladding. The façades are covered with plaster and are completely smooth, featuring no partitions whatsoever. The house features modern window joinery.

It is a free-standing building designed on an irregular plan, with a basement underneath parts of the structure. The building is an accretion of angular, cuboid sections in an offset, irregular arrangement, some of them featuring distinctive rounded corners. The southern part of the building is a two-storey structure, whereas the northern part has only a single storey. The house also features terraces on the ground floor level and on the rooftop. A distinctive feature of the building’s interior design was that the dining room and the living room could be combined into a single open space with a commanding view of the garden by folding the accordion wall separating the two rooms.

Limited access to the historic building. Private property - interior tours not available. The housing estate can only be viewed from the outside.

compiled by Bogna Oszczanowska, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Wrocław, 15-10-2014.

Bibliography

  • Urbanik J., Wrocławska wystawa Werkbundu WUWA 1929-2009, Wrocław 2009, pp. 468-476.

General information

  • Type: residential building
  • Chronology: 1929 r.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Zielonego Dębu 21, Wrocław
  • Location: Voivodeship dolnośląskie, district Wrocław, commune Wrocław
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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